26th September 2014.
Today the IFP, together with all other
opposition parties, took a firm stance in defence of the
sanctity of the Constitution in general and the office of the
Public Protector in particular.
The withdrawal was motivated by the ANC’s
stubborn refusal to entertain any legal opinion on the binding
effect of the constitutionally enshrined powers of the Public
Protector to prescribe remedial action, as well as their refusal
to entertain the summons of any person to appear before the
The IFP, already in the Fourth Parliament, had
indicated that it had wanted authors of the reports, as well as
the President himself, to be invited to answer questions and
provide clarity on certain issues relating to Nkandla.
“Today marks a red letter day for our
democracy. We cannot, and will not, support any efforts that
will undermine the Constitution or any of our Chapter 9
institutions; and this has led us, as well as other opposition
parties, to withdraw from the ad hoc Committee on Nkandla” said
IFP Chief Whip, Mr Narend Singh MP.
“The IFP will continue to hold the Executive
accountable, which can only be on an informed basis, which was
not the case in this ad hoc committee, as important information
was outstanding. We now await the decision of the courts for
legal certainty on the role and powers of the Public Protector” said Singh MP.
Issued by: Mr Narend Singh MP, IFP Chief Whip
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